"For innovative leadership in the telecommunications industry"
Dr. Suk-Chae Lee currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of KT Corporation, the largest telecommunications service provider in the Republic of Korea.
Since his appointment as the KT CEO in January 2009, he pursued for a complete change throughout the organization, encouraging more innovative ideas, stronger work ethics and efficiency. Also, he holds firm to his philosophy that a company should seek healthy ecosystem by pursuing harmonized growth by collaborating with small and medium companies.
His strong leadership was manifested especially when he successfully completed the historic merger between KT and its mobile subsidiary KTF on June 1st, 2009. This became a significant step for KT to grow further and expand as a global ICT company.
Before joining KT, Dr. Lee has made many distinguished contributions to the development and modernization of the Korean economy. As a longtime civil servant for almost thirty years, he held a series of significant positions in the government, including Chief Economic Secretary for President, Vice Minister of Finance & Economy and Minister of Information & Communications.
Dr. Lee holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Seoul National University, an M.A. degree in political economy and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Boston University.